Score: 9 out of 10. Leonard addresses all that and gives a preview of things to come on the second disc. Donald's unfailing ability to express anger rallied Americans against their enemies in a manner that would never see the light of the mainstream today, regardless of how effective such an establishment of dichotomy may be. The more controversial wartime cartoons tend to look very good, possibly because they had been out of circulation or at least less widely accessed than more standard fare, and thus more obviously were in need of a new transfer. It's a minor point, but if you're buying this set for your kids, it's worth considering. If only it were that easy to access these shorts. Surprisingly, Maltin doesn't show up attached to any individual short in this go-around.
Disc One's A Day in the Life of Donald Duck is a delightful and apparently complete episode of Disneyland from 1956 running 49 minutes. Disney was turning one reel shorts out at the rate of about once a month, and probably no one at the studio could have anticipated that consumers in the 21st century would be watching them batched together like this. The Art and Animation of Carl Barks offers a nice overview of the Disney employee who had an okay career in the Animation Department, but who thrived as one of the major comic book artists of the last century, especially for his epic adventures with Donald, Uncle Scrooge, and Huey, Dewey, and Louie. First of all, yes, there is some material modern audiences might find offensive, ranging from Japanese stereotypes wartime propaganda style to references to suicide. But it never quite worked out for him—with something invariably going wrong. The basic sameness of the cartoons, particularly those focusing in on a single character, work better when watched one at a time and savored, yet these discs really aren't designed for that. The war wasn't fought on their homeland, but Americans' spirits still needed lifting during the troubled 1940s and their unity would always welcome encouragement.
Secondly, kids used to modern Donald's relatively articulate speech might find actually his older squawking and jabbering a bit hard to decipher. Only two things might deter younger viewers. The first concerns the pursuit of romance with Daisy Duck by Donald and closely mirrors the Mickey-Minnie relationships of the mice's shorts. MousePlanet is not associated in any official way with the Walt Disney Company, its subsidiaries. Indeed, beyond Maltin's helpful introduction, I'd recommend parents with children old enough to understand such sensitivity sit and chat with them about such issues. Disc 1: 15 Donald Duck Shorts: Click title to view that portion of the review 1942: Bellboy Donald, The Village Smithy, Donald's Snow Fight, Donald's Garden, Donald's Gold Mine; 1943: Donald's Tire Trouble, Flying Jalopy; From the Vault 1942: Donald Gets Drafted, The Vanishing Private, Sky Trooper; 1943: Der Fuehrer's Face, Fall Out - Fall In, The Old Army Game, Home Defense; 1944: Commando Duck Disc 2: 17 Donald Duck Shorts: Click title to view that portion of the review. In the end, shorts like Commando Duck are pretty appalling for their racism, but as well-drawn, imaginative, and often very funny cartoons they are still quite valuable.
This MousePlanet Web site provides independent news articles, commentary, editorials, reviews. Performer s : Voices: Clarence Nash. Drawing and talking 'Duck' with Tony Anselmo ; The art and animation of Carl Barks ; Timeline: The war years, 1941 to 19456 ; Animation art gallery. Remarkably, though, entertainment value hasn't suffered from the aging process, as these subjects hold up for modern audiences' tastes, if not their expectations, as today's diluted attention spans will be challenged. He was a lovable underdog that was always ready to get in a fight - a positive metaphor that contemporary audiences also applied to America.
But, given this is the company that regularly airbrushes cigarettes from photos of Walt Disney, I don't know that I should be too surprised. Bonus cartoon: The volunteer worker. The E-mail message field is required. As with their other Disney Treasures sets, Disney has done an outstanding job with The Chronological Donald Volume 2. The Final Evaluation A great collection in its own right, the addition of the Mickey Mouse club openings makes this an especially worthwhile addition to your collection. Personally, Maltin's critiques are my least favorite part of the set.
This was Donald at his height, at a time when Disney allowed him to run wild. The same could be said for film critic and historian Leonard Maltin, the man behind the Treasures line, though that's an interpretation more likely to be differed upon from viewer to viewer. The original mono is just fine; optional English subtitles are available for the hard-of-hearing. Credits: Various personal production credits. By the early '40s Donald Duck had far eclipsed Mickey Mouse as Disney's biggest most popular star. By the early 1940s, Donald Duck was Walt Disney's star and in many ways he'd be the pop culture face of the second World War. The video is acceptable, with the colors much more vibrant than I expected after the problems in Volume 2.
Of course, the Donald cartoons weren't created with all-at-once viewing in mind, and as a result, something of a formula -- or at the very least, a common list of ingredients -- shows up in most of the shorts. In these shorts, Donald encounters some of his most famous adversaries, including the Ants and Bootle Beetle. That's partly because the most controversial shorts are relegated to their own section. Yes, Donald smokes a cigar in one of the shorts - thank you Mr. Of course, back in the 1940s audiences didn't sit down and watch one Donald Duck cartoon after another, ten at a time. Timeline: The War Years, 1941-1945 is a collection of film clips and stills chronicling the history of the studio during this time, including the infamous cartoonist strike.
More importantly, Chip and Dale gain their names and tangle with Donald for the first time in the Chip An' Dale short. In the original Mickey Mouse Club series, the end of the opening title sequence featured Donald striking a gong. Trombone trouble ; The plastics inventor ; Donald's off day ; Donald Duck and the gorilla ; Contrary condor ; The eyes have it ; Donald's crime ; Duck pimples ; No sail ; Cured duck ; The clock watcher ; Old sequoia ; Donald's double trouble ; Wet paint ; Dumb bell of the Yukon ; Lighthouse keeping ; Frank Duck brings 'em back alive -- Bonus cartoon. On one hand it's great that Disney is gradually releasing boxed sets that presumably will eventually feature the entire ouvre of Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, and other favorite characters. Credits: Directors, Jack King, Dick Lundy ; writers, Jack Hannah, Carl Barks.
Hard-core animation buffs or Disney fans, however, may want to wait and see how Disney responds to this major slip-up, and see if a new improved pressing will be in the works in 2006. Description: 2 videodiscs approximately 230 min. Eight shorts that fall within the temporal parameters of this set were produced for American armed forces and as such were included on a previous Treasures set titled Walt Disney on the Front Lines. For the record, the shorts in this set are: Disc One 1942: Bellboy Donald, The Village Smithy, Donald's Snow Fight, Donald's Garden, Donald's Gold Mine, Donald Gets Drafted, The Vanishing Private, Sky Trooper. To get to any of that, one must first retrieve the keepcase from the collectable metal tin that houses it.
Disc Two 1944: Trombone Trouble, The Plastics Inventor, Donald's Off Day, Donald Duck and the Gorilla, Contrary Condor. This collection is a must have, not just for Donald fans. Disc 1: 15 Donald Duck Shorts: Click title to view that portion of the review 1942: Bellboy Donald, The Village Smithy, Donald's Snow Fight, Donald's Garden, Donald. In this less innocent, more impolite world, Donald Duck fit right in. Join Our Newsletter Subscribe to our weekly newsletter for all the latest updates. Ajax the killer gorilla has escaped from the zoo.